Creating Ties Event

Ties that bind

Creating Ties is the signature event of the Children’s Hospital Colorado Burn Camps Program. The event raises critical funds and was named Creating Ties to highlight the importance we each have in building a community that works together to support each other and support young burn survivors and their families achieve their highest potential.

In the spirit of 2020, Creating Ties was held virtually on Saturday, November 14, 2020. The theme of this year’s event was Creating Connection & Community and while the program was digital, we were able to build community and create lasting connections in support of the Burn Camps Program. Along with either dry goods, or delicious food from Maggiano’s, we provided a bit of fun and fancy with the “Dinner In A Box” and created a similar atmosphere in guests’ homes we’ve grown to love in years past. Boxes included a tablecloth, centerpiece, wine, metal wine glasses, stickers, and camp fun! This virtual event allowed us to bring our camp program into homes nationwide.

Thrive Endowment

In 2020, we started an endowment dedicated to the lives of pediatric burn survivors and the power of camp. Keating Wagner Polidori Free PC donated seed money to the Children’s Hospital Colorado Burn Camps Program to create an endowed fund. The Thrive Endowment ensures any child who has sustained a burn injury has the opportunity to attend Burn Camp long into the future.

Because an endowment is an invested pool of money that provides a reliable source of income in perpetuity, our program can count on annual distributions from the fund. This provides independence from internal and external forces allowing us to continue to provide excellent programming to any child and/or family that has sustained a burn injury.

Because the Thrive Endowment can accept additional contributions from individuals, over time financial support will continue to grow. All gifts enable us to continue to provide camp at no cost to families in perpetuity. To donate or for additional questions about the Thrive Endowment, please contact Tim Schuetz at (720) 777-6292 or

Community Events

We provide and participate in a wide range of events including, community, fundraising, prevention, awareness, conferences, and continuing education for medical professionals. Annually, we host community support activities for families healing from a burn injury. In 2020, we were able to hold our annual ice skating community event at WinterSkate in Louisville, CO on February 1st. Typically we hold additional community events throughout the year at different locations around Denver. Our community events provide opportunities to connect families to other families, the fire service, and community partners.

Burn Awareness Week, organized by the American Burn Association, is observed the first full week in February and is a window of opportunity for organizations to mobilize burn, fire and life safety educators to unite in sharing a common burn awareness and prevention message in our community.

Youth Firesetting Evaluation and Treatment Program

The Youth Firesetting Evaluation and Treatment Program was designed in response to the need for specialized community services addressing youth misusing fire. The program focuses on helping youth make safer decisions. Due to health restrictions, we were not able to conduct multifamily interventions, so met with families individually or via video and/or telehealth.

We evaluate and treat patients with injuries from the misuse of fire, candles, electricity, lightbulbs, chemicals, and fireworks, and help families develop safety plans. We receive community referrals from fire departments, schools, mental health services, juvenile justice and parents of children exhibiting high-risk fire setting behavior. Families receive mental health intervention for these high-risk behaviors to help prevent burn injuries and enhance community safety.

Important Camp Dates

Family Camp
June 18 – 23, 2021

Summer Camp
August 16 – 23, 2021

Day Camp
Sept. or Oct. – TBD

Young Adult Retreat
October 28 – 31, 2021

Creating Ties
November 5, 2021

Winter Camp
February 7 – 11, 2022

Thank you to our 2020 sponsors

We are very thankful to those who joined our program, purchased a dinner box, made a donation, sponsored the event, purchased an item, or donated to the silent auction. Through generous individuals and corporations, together we raised over $110,000 for the Thrive Endowment which ensures any child who has sustained a burn injury has the opportunity to attend Burn Camp long into the future.





Strear Family Foundation

The Trental Family


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